New control centre opens to combat winter

A picture of a new control centre for the winter months in Devon

Devon's new winter control centre - Credit: Submitted

A new control centre to enable Devon’s highway network to be monitored and kept safe this winter has opened. 

Devon County Council has relocated its control centre to Sowton in Exeter, and the new centre enables parts of the network to be monitored remotely by using CCTV, weather information, traffic and congestion data and is able to control a range of Intelligent Transport Systems – such as variable message signs. 

The centre’s systems link to the County’s network of 35 roadside ice detectors at strategic locations in Devon, while the county has also been working closely with weather forecasting organisations to use the latest forecasting technology that provides a more cost-effective approach to determine which parts of the salting network will need treating. 

This approach, together with monitoring conditions such as road surface temperatures 24 hours a day, is used to decide the optimal time to send gritters out. 

The council have also upgraded five gritters this year to replace older vehicles in its winter fleet of 37 frontline gritters.